Human rights activists in Britain and Ireland protest Pussy Riot verdict

Human rights activists took to the streets of Britain and Ireland today in support of rock band Pussy Riot who were jailed for two years for hooliganism in Moscow.

Masked demonstrators take part in a protest outside the Russian embassy in London. Credit: PA

Crowds of banner-waving supporters protested outside Russia's embassy in London's Kensington Palace Gardens and masked demonstrators also protested in O'Connell Street, Dublin's main thoroughfare.

Demonstrators take part in a protest in O'Connell Street, Dublin. Credit: PA

Three windows at the London embassy were smashed and a railing damaged last night before the verdicts were reached.

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Pussy Riot members flee Russia

Two women from the punk band Pussy Riot - who were being sought by Russian police - have fled the country, the band said.